Jurgen Klopp has claimed that moving to Liverpool was the second best decision of his life - after marrying his wife.

The German has just called time on his stint at Anfield, leaving at the end of the season as he bought to an end almost nine years at the club. Klopp moved to Liverpool in October 2015, just months after he left Borussia Dortmund, and went on to enjoy a hugely successful stint.

He helped the club end their 30-year wait for a top flight title and also delivered the Champions League as he built a strong bond with the fans and the city. However, Klopp insists his switch to Merseyside was only the second best decision he has made.

He said: "Aside from marrying Ulla, joining Liverpool was the best decision of my life."

Ulla has been Klopp's biggest supporter since they first met when he was boss of Mainz and she was working as a waitress at his favourite local bar. They wed in 2005 and she's since followed him to Dortmund and Liverpool. She has a huge influence over his life, previously advising him against a move to England earlier in his career.

When he signed his last Reds contract he said: "What is very important and is probably the most important - because I could not work against that and wouldn't want to work against it - is that my family, in this case especially Ulla, she just loves it here. The most important contract in my life I signed is the one with Ulla."

Klopp was part of a farewell evening in Liverpool where he made several confessions, one being that he would return for an open-top bus parade if the Reds were awarded two more Premier League titles should Manchester City get punished for alleged charges and stripped of their successes.

He also underlined how proud he was that the Reds had achieve such success during his tenure without a bottomless bit of money. “Can you imagine LFC as the club with unlimited money?” he said. “Imagine Kylian Mbappé came here. Imagine Bellingham came here, Haaland. It is not us, it just does not fit. We won what we won and we did it the Liverpool way. We had hard conversations and other clubs didn’t do that in the same time."

Klopp also hailed FSG as he added: “We should be really happy that we have these owners and not guys who bought London clubs and other stuff. I wouldn’t have survived a year at Liverpool (with them in charge)."

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